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New headquarters building SKAN, Allschwil

The new SKAN AG headquarters is situated in the Bachgraben commercial zone in Allschwil. The modern structure encompasses working environments with a nuanced design, utilizable in variable and individualized ways, along with spatial layering that creates short communication routes and multifaceted visual links between production, office and lounge areas. 

The new building's spatial concept is based on a compact stacking of different uses, which achieves equality between the individual functional areas. Organized within this vertical arrangement, there are two basement floors with parking garages, a two-story first floor that is equipped with mezzanines and comprises both the production area and the company's in-house academy, and two upper floors with office landscapes, a cafeteria and laboratories. The nuanced shape of the office environment offers naturally lit communal areas and places of retreat, as a setting between open and contemplation spaces. This also includes the green lounge courtyards embedded in the building. 

The look is clear and balanced, with a defining industrial character. The expressive load-bearing framework is visible in the facade. The interior steel supports appear through the glass skin. The material and structural properties, as well as the visual linking of floors, emphasize the stacked volumes, which indicate the various uses via their nuanced appearance.

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Client
SUVA, Luzern

Periode of time
2017 – 2020

Tasks 
Architecture

Visualisations
Burckhardt+Partner AG
Dano Gloor

Photographer
Adriano A. Biondo